Community News

Laureate Alpha Phi Sorority holds last meeting of chapter year

WESTFIELD - The last meeting of the Laureate Alpha Phi Sorority chapter year was held on June 12 at Ottaway Park in Westfield prior to the sorority family picnic. The chapter received a thank you from the village of Westfield for the money donated for the swim program.Linda Bennett received the ...

NCCF welcomes the Bobseine Family and Friends Memorial Fund

Family and friends of Oliver and Betty Bobseine have created a memorial fund in their honor at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation to benefit children attending SS. Peter and Paul School in Hamburg, N.Y. Their seven children are Michelle Emerling, Cynthia Bobseine, Marcie Cocina, Wendy ...

NCCS religion class takes on challenging end-of-year projects

Danielle Long's eighth grade religion class was given a challenge as an end-of-the-year project. The class had been studying about Catholic social teaching, and Pope Francis' call for all to reach out to the poor of the world. This "preferential options for the poor" became the basis for the ...

Brocton native retires from journalism career

Sheila L. Mullowney, the executive editor of The Newport Daily News in Newport, R.I., left the paper at the end of April after a 17-year career there.Mullowney, who started working for The Daily News as a copy editor in 1999, took a position as a communications specialist for ICI Services Corp. ...

Walk Against Breast Cancer on July 9

RIPLEY - Billie Jo Reid and several volunteers have created a walk to help support people with breast cancer. The walk will be July 9 at 1 Park Ave. in Ripley. All donations will be split between The Circle of Love of Dunkirk, Partners for Prevention of Jamestown and the Regional Cancer Center ...

Dunkirk Rotary hears about stained glass window project

The Dunkirk Rotary learned some more about efforts to preserve Dunkirk's history.Diane Andrasik, president of the Dunkirk Historical Society and Harriet "Skeeter" Tower spoke recently to the Dunkirk Rotary about their Stained Glass Window Project which they have undertaken. They are working on ...

Silver Creek students mark milestone, make memories at prom

Upperclassmen at the Silver Creek Central School held the 2016 Junior-Senior Prom at the Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk on Saturday, May 7. The theme was Arabian Nights and music was overseen by local deejay Hector Alverio.The 124 students and their dates enjoyed a buffet-style dinner at the ...

Fredonia Elementary students test math facts

Fredonia Elementary School held its fourth annual Math Fact Bee on June 9. The winners of this year's competition are pictured with Principal Amy Piper. From left: Third Grade Champion Emily McCann, Second Grade Champion Aidan Katta and Fourth Grade Champion and School Grand Champion Simon Price.

Ripley Bicentennial celebration will be held starting July 9

RIPLEY - The Ripley Bicentennial is set to begin on July 9, but not before a special event the day before. On Friday, July 8 at 11 a.m., state Sen. Cathy Young will be in Ripley for the unveiling of the monument at the school front lawn.On Saturday, July 9, following the Ripley Walk Against ...

Navy’s Submarine Squadron 7 under command of Dunkirk native

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - The commanding officer of Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 7 passed on his duties during a time-honored tradition of a change of command and retirement ceremony at the historic submarine piers of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on June 16.Capt. Craig R. ...

Media Day conference recognizes high school journalists

More than 125 student journalists from six Western New York schools gathered on April 13 at SUNY Fredonia for the 35th annual Media Day conference, where students are able to meet and learn from some of the area's journalists."I am very happy with the turnout and student enthusiasm," Executive ...

Family research and history shared with genealogical group

Susan Washington Sipos of Cassadaga was the recent guest speaker at the Chautauqua County Genealogical Group at its meeting in the Fredonia Barker Library.Sipos spoke of her research and the history of the Washington family of Dunkirk. Her great-grandparents are the late John Thomas and ...

Damon reunion on Saturday

The 60th Damon reunion will be held Saturday, July 1 at Russell Joy Park in Fredonia. The family will meet in the lower pavilion at 1 p.m. for a picnic-style lunch. Members are asked to bring a dish of food to pass and their own table service. Meat and beverage will be provided. There will be a ...

South Dayton firemen’s tractor pull and show to be held in July

SOUTH DAYTON - South Dayton Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 Inc. will hold its annual tractor pull and show July 8, 9 and 10 behind the Fire Hall at 34 Maple St.Admission is $5 for adults, children under 12 free. Friday at 7 p.m. is the stock farm tractor pull 1945 and older.Saturday, gates open at 10 ...

Tour of Chautauqua Bike Ride in August

WESTFIELD - The 33rd annual Tour of Chautauqua Bike Ride will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, originating and finishing in front of the Eason Hall, 23 Elm St. Westfield. The mass start begins at 9 a.m. Water and refreshment stops, radio people and sag wagon services are provided. Helmets are ...

Quilt show approaching

WESTFIELD - The Westfield Quilters' Guild 2016 quilt show "School House Quilts" will be held at Westfield Academy and Central School, 203 E. Main St., Westfield from July 29 to 31. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5, good for all three ...

Third annual Project WILD Day a success

SINCLAIRVILLE - On a spectacular early summer day last Friday, June 10, the nearly 400 elementary students at Sinclairville Elementary School were treated to an outdoor day of fun and learning known as Project WILD. Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 ...

Flag retirement ceremony held at Silver Creek VFW

A Flag Retirement ceremony (burning) was held at the Silver Creek VFW on June 15. Organizations attending were: American Legion Hanover Memorial Post 148, VFW Post 6472, VFW Auxiliary 6472 and members. Community members are asked to retire their worn flags properly by dropping them off at any ...

Do you remember?

This group was on a wagon ride through Dunkirk's Point Gratiot in 1914 when this picture was taken, according to the information provided in an old photo album in the possession of the OBSERVER's Lifestyles Department. If you can identify any of the riders, please call 366-3000, ext. 482.